If you are considering breast augmentation for the first time, follow-up of your implants is a critical aspect in choosing a plastic surgeon and practice because implants do not last a lifetime.
There are a number of reasons why The Bengtson Center is renowned for Ultrasound Imaging of Breast Implants:
At the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic surgery, we use a high-resolution ultrasound system to screen and detect abnormalities in silicone, Natrelle 410 “Gummy Bear” Cohesive Gel, or standard responsive gel breast implants. Ultrasound imaging of breast implants gives our Grand Rapids and Birmingham patients peace of mind.
While both options can detect implant shell failures, HRUS is more comfortable and cost-effective—plus in-office HRUS is included at no extra charge with breast augmentation at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center!
As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentation, Dr. Bradley Bengtson offers high-resolution ultrasound imaging of breast implants so his Grand Rapids and Birmingham patients can have peace of mind as they follow their breast implants. Although current generation breast implants are very durable and able to withstand tremendous pressures, most do not last a lifetime.
After 7 to 8 years, some implant shells (the outer layer) can weaken, and form a fold flaw from rubbing on themselves. Because of this, the FDA currently recommends MRI imaging of silicone breast implants every 3, 5, and 7 years; however, this is too early to pick up most implant problems. In addition, the majority of plastic surgeons recommend MRIs that most insurance companies do not pay for, costing patients $2,000 to $2,500 per exam.
In search of a cost-effective option to MRI, Dr. Bengtson initiated a research study protocol to determine if High-Resolution Ultrasound (HRUS) would provide an effective method and alternative to MRI to monitor and follow the condition of breast implants. The research results thus far indicate that, as a screening tool, ultrasound appears to be equivalent to MRI in detecting shell failure of breast implants. That can provide peace of mind and also save our Grand Rapids and Birmingham patients a great deal of money in the long run.
Dr. Bengtson received the prestigious Tiffany Award for the Best Research in Plastic Surgery by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for his work examining the efficacy of monitoring breast implants with this High-Resolution Ultrasound technique. Years of specialized education and experience enable him to perform exceptional breast augmentation procedures, but his involvement doesn’t end when the last suture is placed. Dr. B maintains a long-term interest in the health and welfare of all his patients, following all of his breast patients for life.
Implants don't last a lifetime, but your care should! As a leader in High Resolution Ultrasound, Dr. Brad Bengtson has exclusively pioneered research in Breast Augmentation follow-up using High Resolution Ultrasound.
Dr. Bengtson's Awards & Honors include: "Best Research Paper of the Year": Awarded for research on ultrasound imaging of breast implants. Tiffany Award: Groundbreaking research on ultrasound imaging of breast implants.
He continues to provide the gold standard for his Breast Augmentation Implant patients. From start to finish, he has you covered! High Resolution Ultrasound follow-ups are included on all Breast Augmentation patients at no charge. If you are concerned about rotation or rupture of your implants, you no longer need to worry or seek out a costly MRI. In-office Ultrasound Imaging is available to cover any of your concerns.
Dr. Bengtson has completed multiple research projects in an IRB-controlled (Institutional Review Board) study to investigate MRI versus ultrasound for the detection of breast implant shell failure. His research has and continues to show HRUS to be equivalent to MRI in this regard.
Ultrasound monitoring of breast implants at our Grand Rapids practice can be performed more economically and comfortably than an MRI, which is the current standard for evaluating the condition of an implant that is inside your body. Dr. Bengtson believes this technology will be in every plastic surgeon’s office and used as an extension of our physical exam in the near future.
What sets high-resolution ultrasound (HRUS) imaging apart from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when it comes to checking breast implants? While both options can detect implant shell failures, HRUS is more comfortable and cost-effective—plus in-office HRUS is included at no extra change with breast augmentation at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center!
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Get in touch with Dr. Brad Bengtson or Dr. David Alfonso if you are interested in finding out more about ultrasound breast implant follow-up. Reach out to our Grand Rapids office today by requesting a consultation online or calling 616.588.8880.Fees & Financing